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Jun 01 2014

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Tubing bender modification

We tried every way we knew how. Nothing seemed to work. Well, we are makers. Let’s make it work.

It took Sheri and I over two hours to bend this circle. Sheri damaged her wrist and I almost blew out my elbow.

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There has to be a better way. Maybe Buck’s modification can give us some ideas.

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Jeff, being Jeff, slapped together a solution in no time (well, a few hours and two trips to Home Depot).

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Sometimes theories die at the hands of reality. While this looks cool and was fun to build, Buck’s drill was about to give up the ghost.

Greg suggested we try a pneumatic drill. While we might get that to work, I figured I could extend the lever arms enough to turn even the most stubborn aluminum pipe.

First step was to take off the welded 3/8″ socket.

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Next I cut four extender arms and a twist top. Prep the areas for welding and get to work.

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Ok, NOW we are ready to bend some pipe.

What took an hour with two people can now be completed in 10 minutes with one. Woot!

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Again with the theories! Jeff drilled all the way through the major die and put a grade 8 bolt through. Snap!

Time to pull out the duct tape to hold the new bolt in (since I can’t tighten the nut).

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Looks like we are back in business.

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2 of 8 front ‘lines’ ready for final artistic tweaking 🙂

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